"What Students Need to Know about America's Wars"
He shows a photograph of four Apache men. He describes carefully the weapons they hold and talks at length about how skilled they were. How they were able to blend into their surroundings, very resourceful, could survive for days with little food or water. They knew the terrain and were "tough as nails."
What did the US do to get them?
He shows the next photograph, one of men on horses. It is the calvary! On horseback, he tells us, the US was able to wear down, defeat, and capture the Apaches. And here is why studying the Frontier Wars matters. He says the US learned valuable lessons by fighting the Apaches, lessons that it uses today, in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because of wars with Indians, he says, the US developed its "special ops" teams.
It is a photograph of two men, with weapons, wearing masks. They're in Afghanistan or Iraq, Skarstedt doesn't specify. They, he says, are like those Indians. Tough, well-armed, fast moving, blend into the environment, lots of firepower, willing to endure great sacrifice.
His next photograph is one of soldiers, again, on horseback. They are, he tells us, the special ops unit that is pursuing fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Seeing those images used that way was deeply troubling to me. Apaches and Iraq/Afghanis. Obviously he feels they were/are enemies of the US who must be taken down.
Comment: In other words, Indians were anti-American terrorists just as Iraqis and Afghans are anti-American terrorists. Nice.
For more on the subject, see Dueling Views on Geronimo and Enemy Territory as "Indian Country."
Below: America's enemies?